International Qualification Holder

Direct Admissions Exercise

The Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) is administered by Ngee Ann Polytechnic to allow applicants whose qualification types are ineligible under JAE and JPAE to apply for admission to our full-time diploma courses.

1. Can I apply?

International qualification holders, including Returning Singaporeans, can apply for admission under the DAE.

You must be holding one of the following international academic qualifications and meet the respective Minimum Entry Requirements in the table below.

For qualifications where English is not a compulsory subject, the following alternative English Language proficiency minimum scores can be considered:

  • IELTS Academic minimum overall score of 6.0, with minimum score of 6.0 each individual assessment components of Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking or
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test with minimum score of 78 or
  • IGCSE English as a First Language with minimum grade C

For Returning Singaporeans only: Returning Singaporeans are required to have completed at least Year 10 of High School with:

  • English: Minimum Grade B
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade B
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade B

Issued by any of the following examination boards:

  • Cambridge
  • Edexcel
  • Oxford AQA

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • English as a First Language: Minimum Grade C
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade C
  • 1 relevant subject and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade C

Minimum Entry Requirements

All requirements to be for Year 12 Standard Level:

  • English: Minimum Grade 5
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade 5
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade 5

Minimum Entry Requirements

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)

  • English: Grade A1 to B6
  • Mathematics: Grade A1 to B6
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Grade A1 to B6

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)

  • Bahasa Inggeris: Grade A+ to C
  • Mathematics: Grade A+ to C
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Grade A+ to C

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)

  • On a case-by-case basis

Minimum Entry Requirements

Brunei-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level

  • English: Grade A1 to C6
  • Mathematics: Grade A1 to C6
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Grade A1 to C6

Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 2018 and onwards 'Gaokao' or National College Entrance Examination (NCEE)

  • English*: Minimum 60%
  • Mathematics: Minimum 60%
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 60%

* English is not a compulsory subject. Alternative English Language Proficiency Test results such as IELTS (minimum score of 6), TOEFL (minimum score 78 for internet-based test) or IGCSE English as a First Language (minimum grade C) can be considered.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  • English: Minimum Grade 3
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade 3
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade 3

Category A subjects only.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Higher Secondary School Certificate (Year 12)

  • English: Minimum 70%
  • Mathematics: Minimum 70%
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 70%

Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 10 of Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Certificate or Secondary School Certificate from other Indian State Boards

  • English: Minimum 70%
  • Mathematics: Minimum 70%
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 70%

Minimum Entry Requirements

National Final Evaluation Examinations:
Ujian Akhir Nasional (UAN)
Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA)
SMU Ebtanas

  • English*: Minimum Grade 7
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade 7
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade 7

* English is not a compulsory subject. Alternative English Language Proficiency Test results such as IELTS (minimum score of 6), TOEFL (minimum score 78 for internet-based test) or IGCSE English as a First Language (minimum grade C) can be considered.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Basic Education High School (BEHS)

  • English*: Minimum 70%
  • Mathematics: Minimum 70%
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 70%

* English is not a compulsory subject. Alternative English Language Proficiency Test results such as IELTS (minimum score of 6), TOEFL (minimum score 78 for internet-based test) or IGCSE English as a First Language (minimum grade C) can be considered.

Minimum Entry Requirements

High School Diploma (Year 12)

  • English: Minimum 85%
  • Mathematics: Minimum 85%
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 85%

Minimum Entry Requirements

Sri Lanka National Examination
General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination

  • English: Minimum 70% or B Grade
  • Mathematics: Minimum 70% or B Grade
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 70% or B Grade

Minimum Entry Requirements

Sri Lanka National Examination
General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination

  • English: Minimum 70% or B Grade
  • Mathematics: Minimum 70% or B Grade
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum 70% or B Grade

Minimum Entry Requirements

Mathayom 6 (Year 12)

  • English*: Minimum Grade 3 (70%)
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade 3 (70%)
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade 3 (70%)

* English is not a compulsory subject. Alternative English Language Proficiency Test results such as IELTS (minimum score of 6), TOEFL (minimum score 78 for internet-based test) or IGCSE English as a First Language (minimum grade C) can be considered.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 12 High School Diploma

  • English: Minimum Grade B
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade B
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade B

Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 12 High School Graduation Certificate of National Examination

  • English*: Minimum Grade 7
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade 7
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade 7

* English is not a compulsory subject. Alternative English Language Proficiency Test results such as IELTS (minimum score of 6), TOEFL (minimum score 78 for internet-based test) or IGCSE English as a First Language (minimum grade C) can be considered.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Assessed on a case-by-case basis, but should generally have completed Year 12 of High School with:

  • English: Minimum Grade B
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade B
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade B

For Returning Singaporeans only

Returning Singaporeans are required to have completed at least Year 10 of High School with:

  • English: Minimum Grade B
  • Mathematics: Minimum Grade B
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Minimum Grade B
Entrance Test

Applicants may be shortlisted to sit for the Polytechnic’s entrance test provided they meet the Minimum Entry Requirements of their respective foreign qualification AND the course entry requirements for the full-time courses they are applying for.

Shortlisted candidates will receive an email invitation to sit for the entrance test held in February 2023. Please refer to this document (149KB) for the Entrance Test information.

Only applicants holding the following 5 qualifications are not required to sit for the entrance test:

  • IGCSE
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Year 12
  • Malaysia SPM
  • Malaysia UEC
  • Brunei Cambridge GCE O-Level

2. How do I Apply?

  • Check the application periods for the different qualifications below before applying. Please check and be aware of the courses with medical requirements from this list (143KB) before selecting your course choices in the application. You will not be allow to continue with the course in the event that you are offered, if you do not meet the respective course medical requirements.
  • Apply via the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) Portal.
  • Your supporting documents should be uploaded to the DAE portal during the online application. Please include a notarized English translation should your qualification be printed in a language other than English.
  • You can include up to 3 choices in NP for which you are eligible.
  • You will only receive 1 offer if successful.

Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE)

QualificationStart DateEnd DateOutcome Date

International Qualifications excluding:

  • UEC
  • IB Diploma Year 12
  • SPM and STPM qualifications
  • IGCSE (both Singapore and overseas schools)
25 Oct 20224 Nov 2022By 31 Mar 2023

Malaysia Qualifications (applicants who have obtained the national examination results)

  • UEC
  • SPM and STPM qualifications
25 Oct 2022
4 Nov 2022
By 31 Mar 2023

Malaysia Qualifications

  • SPM 2022 Registrants Only (IMPORTANT: Please submit proof of SPM 2022 exam registration with list of SPM subjects AND SPM trial result for consideration. You may be required to sit for additional online assessment.)
12 Jan 2023
(Tentative - To be Confirmed)
17 Jan 2023
(Tentative - To be Confirmed)
By 31 Mar 2023
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) Year 12
(Both Local and Overseas Schools)
12 Jan 2023
(Tentative - To be Confirmed)
17 Jan 2023
(Tentative - To be Confirmed)
By 31 Mar 2023

IGCSE (Both Local and Overseas Schools)

  • ACS International
  • Hwa Chong International
  • SJI International
  • Overseas Schools/Centres who conduct IGCSE
19 Jan 2023
(Tentative - To be Confirmed)
25 Jan 2023
(Tentative - To be Confirmed)
By 31 Mar 2023

3. What happens next?

  • The outcome of your application will be released online through the DAE Portal.
  • If your application is successful, you will receive an enrolment package with instructions on how to accept your offer online.
  • The period between receiving your package and your course registration appointment can be as short as 1 or 2 days. It is very important that you accept the offer during the appointment.
  • You can accept your offer online via eEnrol portal. Other information including payment of fees, application for financial assistance schemes and orientation period can also found in both the package and the portal.



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